December 6, 2018
Dear Members and Friends of Mystic Congregational Church,
For over a century, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund has been a tangible expression of God’s love and light in the world. Year after year, United Church of Christ (UCC) members and congregations have reached out in kindness, compassion, and gratitude to those who have faithfully shepherded our Church in the past and who now find themselves facing unexpected financial needs. In 2017, UCC congregations and members generously contributed over $1,500,000 to the Christmas Fund. This enabled the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance (UCBMA), the charitable arm of the Pension Boards, to provide, on behalf of the whole Church, Supplementation of Small Annuities, Retiree Health Premium Supplementation, Emergency Grants, and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks to individuals in need.
The theme of this year’s Christmas Fund Offering is The Light Is Surely Coming. The recipients of your gifts are persons who have faithfully served the church for many years. And now, in their time of need, you can be the church to them. We invite and encourage you to join thousands of UCC members and congregations who will support this year’s appeal and trust the light is surely coming. Your generous donation will be gratefully received on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
On behalf of the hundreds of clergy, lay employees, and their families whose lives were touched by your support of the Christmas Fund Offering, we offer our sincere thanks for your generosity!
Your Christian Mission Committee,
Bill Burns, Martha Ficke, Margot Greener, Linda Lorinsky, Tatia McClintock, Peggy Miller, Kathy Parker (Chair), Steve Piacenza, Joe St. Martin